Parliamentarian Rates Shen Yun a Big Ten

April 28, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
John Sidoti, State Member of Parliament for Drummoyne, attends Shen Yun
John Sidoti, State Member of Parliament for Drummoyne, attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Capitol on Friday, April 27. (De Ming/The Epoch Times)

SYDNEY—John Sidoti, State Member of Parliament for Drummoyne in Sydney’s inner West, said he rated Shen Yun’s performance “ten out of ten”.

Mr Sidoti was speaking at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Friday night, April 27, following the first performance in Sydney this year by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company.

“Absolutely amazing isn’t it?” Mr Sidoti said. “The choreography, the acrobatics, the costumes, the story. It’s real life.”

At the heart of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, both one of the most comprehensive and hardest dance systems to master in the world, according to Shen Yun’s website.

He said he was most impressed by the dance movements showing the bravery and courage of practitioners of Falun Dafa, a peaceful, spiritual mind-body discipline, who are being persecuted in China today.

Mr Sidoti said it was everybody’s right to “live harmoniously without any interference by anybody,” and Shen Yun delivered this message well.

“It’s a story of life, I thought it was exceptionally put together, very, very pleased to watch it and enjoy it,” he said.

Mr Sidoti represents about 60,000 residents, and the Chinese community is the fastest growing ethnic group in the area he represents. He said Australia, a young country, was lucky to be able to enjoy the fruits of China’s long history.

“There is a lot of history there,” Mr Sidoti said. “I think [Shen Yun] have been dancing with real meaning and feeling.”

Reporting by De Ming and Ethan Yang.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be in Sydney Australia through May 6.

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